POLICY #5

REDUCE CRIME & IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY

The fifth issue is reducing crime and improving public safety.

Under Ron Nirenberg, San Antonio has the highest crime rate of the 15 largest cities in the country. Ron says everything is fine, but watch the news, listen to the radio—from murder and rape, to credit card skimmers and DUI, we have a serious public safety crisis that cannot be addressed until it is acknowledged. Crime feels different in every neighborhood in San Antonio and we must recognize the communities that struggle the most with public safety and invest in their future.

Through my work with police officers I understand the challenges they face. Ron likes to attack them, but they are our frontline. We have an obligation to make certain they have every tool they need to keep our neighborhoods safe. As Mayor, I will be proud to be their partner and their champion. We will never be a world-class city when our citizens are forced to live behind bars on their homes and are afraid to let their kids play in the front yard. I’ll address crimes, both large and small, and I will do so year-round, not just at election time!

In his first 90 days as Mayor of San Antonio, Greg Brockhouse pledges to bring the following votes to City Council:

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Identify the appropriate staffing level for the Police Department.

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Direct staff to create a funding plan to hire to the appropriate staffing level for San Antonio’s population and geography.

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Hire police officers to eliminate the current shortage and prevent future shortages.

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Increase the recruitment budget, to include examining the usage of retention bonuses.

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Fully implement Cite and Release to maximize police officer availability.

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Partner with Bexar County to consolidate and merge judicial and magistrate processes.

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Perform a citywide lighting assessment for crime prevention.

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Fully support and fund the recent Council Consideration request for a comprehensive intimate partner violence prevention strategy and include sex crimes and child abuse as core items for review.

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Reprioritize street lighting improvements to start with areas with the highest incidences of crime.

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Order a review of how forfeiture funds are allocated to see what equipment and training costs can be shifted out of the FY2019 budget and future budgets to be redirected to crime prevention programming.

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Double the graffiti abatement budget for additional staffing and equipment.

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Enhance the San Antonio Fear Friendly Environment (SAFFE) community policing program with additional staffing and data delivery methods for neighborhood reporting.

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Expand efforts to identify and shutdown human sex trafficking in San Antonio.

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Increase “Community Sweeps” programs in high crime target areas across the City. Include Code Compliance, Animal Care Services, Graffiti Abatement and Dangerous Premises.

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Create a credit card skimmer interdiction program that includes fines for repeat offenders.